Motorists warned to avoid roadworks

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MOTORISTS affected by delays at a busy junction in Wigan are being reassured that crucial roadworks to make it safer will soon come to an end.

Improvement works at the junction of Darlington Street East, Birkett Bank and Manchester Road in Ince have involved changing the existing roundabout junction to traffic signals in order to help reduce incidents at this accident black spot.

Work began on Monday October 15, with an estimated end date of Friday November 30.

Motorists are advised to avoid the area, particularly this Sunday when the carriageway will be closed to carry out the resurfacing of Birkett Bank.

The diversion for this stretch of road will take vehicles via Scholes, Warrington Lane and Darlington Street East.

Temporary traffic lights are in operation to ensure a safe working environment until the permanent signals become operational.

Kevin Hargreaves, Traffic Manager at Wigan Council, said: “We apologise for the delays whilst these necessary roadworks are carried out.

“Motorists who use this junction will find that the traffic signals will improve their journey as they adapt to vehicle flow and change according to traffic demand.

“The roadworks are progressing well and the project is expected to be completed on schedule.”

Local ward member and Deputy Leader of Wigan Council, Coun David Molyneux, said: “I would also like to extend my apologies for the inconvenience caused to motorists who use this route into Wigan and appreciate drivers’ patience.

“However, the priority must be to reduce the number of accidents and to protect young people, cyclists and pedestrians which is the reason why we’re also introducing the new 20mph areas across the borough.”

For up to date traffic reports visit www.wigan.gov.uk